Conscience Cleansing

 

This September a Colby employee found an envelope on her windshield after work.

 

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Illustration by Leo Pando
In it was a note from a former student, confessing to a hit-and-run that damaged a car (not necessarily that employee's) in the same lot 12 years before. "I am . . . sober from all drugs or alcohol for over 7 years now. Righting my wrongs is part of my recovery," it said. There was no signature, but the envelope held $150 in cash: "yours to keep and do with as you wish." The lucky recipient said she decided to share the windfall, paying tolls for the car behind her, coffee for the next person in line, taking people to lunch, etc. "It was so fun!" she reported.